Happy International Yoga Day!

By Sowmya Ayyar - June 21, 2017

This is a very special day as it falls on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, a wonderful time to recollect the gifts of the sun as well as the entire universe. At the suggestion of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, June 21st was declared International Yoga Day in 2014 by the United Nations General Assembly, promoting yoga’s amazing impacts on the mind and body. International Yoga Day is recognized and celebrated in over 170 countries.

What is yoga? Yoga is a holistic practice that has been described by Narendra Modi as, “An invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition.” It is believed that yoga practices and philosophies began over 5,000 years ago in India and was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda. Later, the great Sage Patanjali compiled the teachings of yoga into what is now known as Yoga Sutras.

Yoga is practiced as a way to cultivate emotional, social, and mental wellbeing. More than just a series of poses, those who practice yoga know that has profound effects on the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga can bring the healthy lifestyle that everyone deserves to an individual. Yoga has no boundaries and has the ability to provide well-being to those that practice as it aids in the development of mind to body connections and self awareness. Yoga can bring joy to practitioners, and can meet you where you are no matter what health or financial needs you may have.

Prafull Oorja is proud to provide yoga for populations that otherwise do not have access, making it a truly global practice. Why? We know that yoga is available to those who have funds. And we know all the benefits that we receive when we practice yoga as a lifestyle, as well as a physical practice. At Prafull Oorja, we feel that all living beings should be able to benefit from such knowledge.

This year, we are celebrating our expansion to new schools and cities, and providing some goodies to our children. As we expand to Mumbai, we are conscious about serving through the practice of yoga, through the philosophy of yoga. We are so joyous to partner with Saksham: An Endeavour to Empower, a group that has chosen to support a school with 40 children with special needs, including a class of children with speech and hearing conditions.

How would you teach to people who find it difficult to hear and speak? What practices would you incorporate?

We plan to use a speech mantra, as well as other chants, to support the development of vocal cords, verbalization, and expression.
We also intend to provide children with activities to promote self expression.
We hope to share ourselves completely-- our hearts, minds, and souls-- and also receive the gifts of love and smiles from the children!

Check out our pics and videos all day today and the rest of the week!